Italy’s Questions Facebook over Privacy Compliance of New Smart Glasses

Italy’s data protection authority, Garante, asked social media giant Facebook to give clarity to the privacy guidelines of its newly launched smart glasses.

The Facebook smart glasses, in collaboration with Ray-Ban’s EssilorLuxottica, was produced to allow wearers to take calls, capture photos and short videos, and listen to music that can be shared in Facebook through an auxiliary app. 

Garante asked the Irish Authority (DPC – Data Protection Commission) to let Facebook answer relevant questions before marketing the smart glasses to the public. The Italian authority said that it wanted to know what the measures would entail and if it will be protecting people’s privacy, especially the children’s. 

Reuters reported that a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, “We know people have questions about new technologies, so before the launch of Ray-Ban Stories we engaged with the Irish DPC to share how we’ve built privacy into the product design and functionality of the glasses to give both device owners and people around them peace of mind.”

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